An elementary school in Folsom, California, announced that it would ban its students from playing tag and punish any kids caught enjoying the schoolyard staple. Why? Because administrators were concerned that the kids were getting a little too physical and could end up hurting each other.
Gold Ridge Elementary students will have to come up with another way to entertain themselves now that tag is off the table. School staff raised an alarm to principal David Frankel when they claimed that the presence of tag was turning the playground into a battleground and causing altercations and injuries.
“In response, the principal told students to stop playing games like tag football or other similar activities,” the Folsom Cordova Unified School District said in a statement. So far, the ban only applies to Gold Ridge Elementary and not the other schools in the district.
Since last week, Frankel has been emailing parents to scold them after their children were caught playing forbidden tag.
“Today we implemented new procedures at school aimed at reducing physical contact and related problem behaviors,” Frankel wrote. “Student(s) were instructed that physical contact, including tag games, touch football, etc. were not allowed in the yard.”
The school is adopting a three-strike system, with the first violation resulting in a warning and the second a referral to the principal’s office and the loss of playground privileges for the day. On the third strike, a parent-teacher-principal meeting would be called to discuss the dangerous behavior.
Now we just wait for some harebrained educator to suggest axing recess altogether because of all the harmful things that hyperactive kids can get up to.